6 Most Romantic Places in Thailand
From white-sand beaches to jungle adventures to big-city sophistication – the kingdom is a multifaceted playground for lovers
Words: Phoowadon Duangmee
Thailand’s captivating blend of vibrant culture, spicy food, pristine landscapes, and warm hospitality sets the perfect stage for romantic escapes. Enchanting destinations have you covered, whether you’re launching an adventure of a lifetime with a honeymoon or simply seeking a couple’s escape.
For lovers of all ages and genders, here are six of the most romantic places to explore in Thailand.
Phuket – Pairing off in Paradise
When it comes to romance, few locations beat a beautiful beach. Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman, gleams as one of the world’s top locations for lovers. Here, couples can meander hand-in-hand along tropical breaches, basking in the glow of dramatic sunsets.
Phuket’s diverse array of activities cements its status as an exceptional option for lovers. From serene sunset cruises on the Andaman Sea to thrilling underwater expeditions to exploring hidden lagoons by kayak, couples can tailor their experiences to suit their preferences. Whether in pursuit of adventure or relaxation, Phuket offers an abundance of activities for twosomes seeking the perfect blend of intimacy and excitement. After a day of romantic exploring, treat yourself to a spa experience in an intimate tub for two or solo pampering in preparation for the night ahead.
Beyond the tropical beaches, Phuket is renowned as a fine dining destination, boasting more than 60 Michelin-rated restaurants and fine dining establishments across the island. Head to Old Town Phuket – a well-preserved heritage enclave brimming with cuisines ranging from Peranakan and Southern Thai to European.
Koh Samui – Tropical Romance
Nestled of the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is the archetypal idyllic honeymoon destination. Renowned for palm-fringed, white-sand beaches, luxury pool villas, and wellness retreats, this island stands out as a sanctuary for couples seeking both connection and individual well-being.
Koh Samui unfolds as a haven for lovers, offering a range of options tailored to every mood. Begin your sun-soaked day at Chaweng, the island’s largest and most renowned beach, savouring the enchantment of a sunrise stroll hand in hand along the shore. Thrill-seekers can explore nearby Lamai Beach, a four-kilometre crescent of sand boasting adrenaline-pumping water sports. For a serene retreat, Bang Po offers uninterrupted sunbathing, while Mae Nam provides a private escape with five kilometres of fine sand and calm, coconut-fringed waters.
Koh Samui also serves a feast of indulgent experiences for couples. Adventurous spirits can climb aboard an ATV to discover hidden gems in the lush jungle. Or set sail to Ang Thong National Marine Park, pausing to snorkel the shallow coral gardens off Koh Tao or go deeper and, if you’re lucky, swim with a whale shark. Romance also bubbles at the island’s many exquisite spas. Indulge in water therapies, mineral or hot water showers, therapeutic massages, and botanical treatments featuring natural herbs and soothing aromas.
Hua Hin – Seaside Senerity
In 1950, King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit chose Hua Hin for their honeymoon, setting the stage for their new life and creating cherished memories as a couple. This tranquil beach, just a two-hour drive south of Bangkok, quickly became a must-visit location for lovers. Today, Hua Hin Beach maintains a classy and not overly touristy vibe, providing an ideal escape for couples seeking respite from crowded beaches elsewhere.
Commence your romantic getaway with a hand-in-hand stroll along the pristine sand, where the gentle lapping of waves creates a soothing backdrop for intimate moments. Nearby, the historic Hua Hin Railway Station, a unique blend of Thai and Victorian architecture, invites couples to explore its charm and delve into this town’s rich history.
While a magical honeymoon might conjure images of a private pool and sunset views with umbrella drinks, some couples prefer something different. Those seeking to build a stronger bond might want to engage in adrenaline-pumping activities like kitesurfing or jet-skiing together. Foodie couples can spice up their love life while exploring fiery Thai cuisine. Or for an excuse to get horizontal together, try a luxury spa experience. But don’t miss the vibrant atmosphere and eclectic stalls at Hua Hin’s night market, adding a touch of excitement to your romantic getaways.
Trat – Love Stories Written in the Sand
Trat province is a picturesque tapestry of tropical islands, turquoise waters, palm-enclosed beaches, and dramatic mangrove landscapes, complemented by luxurious private pool villas. An unforgettable backdrop for quality one-on-one time.
Embark on your journey with a visit to Koh Chang, the province’s largest island. With its crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands, Koh Chang sets the stage for sunset strolls and romantic cruises in small sampans through the lush mangroves. Add a thrilling touch to your romantic escapade by exploring the island’s lush interior, home to waterfalls and tropical wildlife.
For an intimate escape, venture to Koh Kood, renowned for its unspoiled beauty and opulent resorts. Immerse yourself in the lap of romance at a beachfront pool villa cocooned by fragrant coconut groves. Here, you can surrender to each other’s company, savouring moments of serenity against the backdrop of this idyllic paradise.
Trat’s lively coastline is worth exploring with a boat ride from the quaint village of Tha Ranae. The cruise takes you through an enchanting green tunnel of dense mangrove forest and nipa palms. Then you can lose yourself in love in the tangled mangrove wonderland of Lan Taboon.
Pai – Peace, Love and Freedom
Hidden in a picturesque mountain valley of northern Thailand, Pai is secluded and rural. The tranquil valley has transformed into a haven for local artists, embracing a Bohemian bliss that’s perfect for young couples seeking respite from the busy world. Pai offers spectacular natural beauty and cultural landmarks accessible by motorcycle. Explore local farms and villages, then return to town for conversations with like-minded individuals about music, peace, and the arts. Embark on an expedition at Pai Canyon, where winding trails and stunning vistas invite couples to traverse breathtaking terrain hand in hand. Indulge in the soothing embrace of nature at Pai’s renowned hot springs, an intimate setting for relaxation and connection. With abundant coffeehouses, a walking-street market offering food, dreamcatchers, and crafts, along with live music, Pai is the perfect place to talk about love.
Bangkok – City to Love and Be Loved
When it comes to a romantic city break, it’s hard to ignore what Bangkok brings to the table. It may be a bustling city, teeming with people and honking with traffic, but Bangkok – much like the feeling of love – is sensational, hot, dramatic, luscious, and brimming with passion. Couples may find themselves falling in love with Bangkok as much as (or even more than) each other.
The historic Grand Palace is a good place to begin your romantic journey. Wander the intricately designed courtyards hand in hand and soak in the opulence of Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the sacred Emerald Buddha. A tuk-tuk ride around the Rattanakosin Old Town or a long-tailed boat ride along captivating Khlong Bang Luang may heighten your romantic rush.
As the sun gracefully sets, take your love to a higher level. The capital is home to at least two dozen rooftop bars and restaurants. Vertigo and Moon Bar, at the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, offer a stunning view of the Chao Phraya River sweeping its way down from the Grand Palace. If high dining doesn’t turn you on, head to Chinatown for the vibrant street food and crafted cocktails in hidden bars and speakeasies.